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and the religious rule on the other. faced with these daunting realities, the obama administration maybe in the midst of a strategic re-evaluation of our role in the region, one that is far more modest in ambition, more temp rate in expectation and use of the diplomatic, not military resources. this stands in stark contrast of the george w. bush administration to deliver a freedom agenda sometimes through the barrel of a gun that would bring democracy to a region that has known mostly misrule. that doctrine or its application proved entirely unworkable as the society's freed of their authoritarian shackles had nothing on which to build. we may be relearning this in libya as well. these setbacks and the realization that democracy building is a generational undertaking must not lead us to disengage from the region. the forces freed by the arab spring will not be contained, and i still believe they can lead hundreds of millions of people to more representative forms of government, more economic opportunity and we must hope more tranquility and peace within their borders. the united states n
by chemical weapons, the obama administration was caught on its heels in a foreign policy quandary. america was reminded again that the united states must always be vigilant and embrace an international relations framework which enables proactive engagement rather than merely reactionary crisis response. mr. speaker, i desperately hope that these discussions will proceed in the context of the grave reality the human family will face if nuclear weapons fall into the handles of jihadists in iran. to use the slight hely altered words of our secretary of state, mr. speaker, quote, in a world of terrorists and extremists, we ignore these risks at our peril. we simply cannot afford to have nuclear weapons become the i.e.d. or car bomb of tomorrow. neither our country nor our conscience can bear the costs of inaction. mr. speaker, the u.s.-iran nuclear negotiations act is, quote, an action that will reinforce the prohibition against nuclear weapons development. we're talking about actions that will degrade iran's capacity to use these weapons and ensure that they do not proliferate. with this aut
, usual spokesperson for the obama administration is mr. ignatius. he writes this morning in "the washington post," "the centerpiece of u.s. saudi friction is the administration's more restrained approach in syria. obama has decided to limit the u.s. commitment there to dismantling chemical weapons in a joint effort with russia, providing humanitarian relief for refugees who may experience massive suffering and loss of life this winter, and cattlizing a political process to replace president bashir assad. what president obama is not willing to do is topple assad militarily. we are not seeking to end a civil war. while the united states will continue to provide overt and covert aid to rebels, the goal is to strike negotiations at a peace conference in geneva, not military victory." then he goes on to say, "let's be honest, this is basically a formula for stalemate in syria with continued carnage in al qaeda growth there." did mr. ignatius adequately, correctly describe the obama administration's strategy? >> senator, we do not think there is a military solution to the conflict in s
on the ground. spokesperson for the obama administration is mr. ignatius. he writes this morning in the " with the post, more restrained approach in syria, obama has decided to limit the u.s. effort there to chemical weapons and providing for refugees who may experience massive suffering and loss of life this winter, and catalyzing a political process to replace president bashar al-assad. what obama is not prepared to do is topple assad militarily. united states will continue to provide covert aid to the rebels, the goal is to strengthen their negotiations and an eventual peace conference , not military victory. then he goes on to say, but let's be honest, this is basically a formula for stalemate in syria with a growthed carnage and not there. did mr. ignatius adequately describe the obama administration's strategy? thinkator, we do not there is a military solution to the conflict in syria. if basharbelieve that al-assad has the military vantage on the ground that there is a solution? >> i don't think bashar al-assad can win militarily either. believe he has the advantage on th
the u.s. are here today. yourm welcome to all of from all of us in the obama administration. let me be clear -- [laughter] [applause] summitbe clear -- this .s about you it is all about business. it is all about connecting investors with me the us. let me start -- with community ies. let me start with a story. when the selectusa program was just starting out, an austrian company that makes auto parts was considering investing more in the united states. so we went into action. the commerce department counsel the company on how to successfully establish a new .and in the united states the u.s. ambassador in austria met with the company's leadership. and we connected the company with these state-level leaders that they wanted to meet. year,esult, over the past the company has invested 62 million dollars in its new facility in cartersville, georgia. just two weeks ago, they started moving in. they are bringing in new equipment and gearing up for production. they plan to hire hundreds of next fiveer the years. we are hearing more success stories every day. at this very summit, i understa
candidate mitt romney talked about health care law and its implementation under the obama administration on "meet the press." he talked about how the federal law differs from the one he enacted in massachusetts when he was governor and the potential impact he thinks the problems could have on the rest of president obama's term. state should be able through the laboratory of democracy model to put in place the plan that works best for them and if they adopt the massachusetts plan, terrific. if they adopt a different plan, that's fine. recognize that massachusetts teaches some important lessons some states are not going to follow. one lesson is health insurance is more expensive in massachusetts than anywhere else in the country. montana is notng necessarily going to want to adopt. you will see as a result of obamacare premiums going up dramatically across the country and going back to the key thing the president is trying to get away from is he told people they could keep their insurance and that was not the truth. whether you like the model of obamacare or not, the fact the president sol
, the public learned that for at least the past three years the obama administration millions ofat americans will not be able to keep their health care plans. but the president has continued to promise repeatedly that if you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan, period. tell that's over 300,000 people in florida who have received theellation notices, or nearly one million californians that may see their health care insurance plans disappear. tell that to the tens of thousands of hoosiers in my state that will see similar notices arriving in their mailboxes. this is about more than just a website. it will take more than an infomercial from the president to fix this. the failure of obamacare's launch is just the tip of the iceberg, and unless we act americans will be stuck on board the titanic. this is why republicans are going to keep fighting to protect consumers from the consequences of the health care law. despite all the problems, warning signs, and broken promises, the president and senate democrats have decided to use it with obamacare and continue
around to it now, but he's not associating them with the obama administration or democrats. was that a complement? i just call them as i see them out there. not in anyone's pocket, and i have no vested interest in capitol hill or the white house. this has not been a black and white market. it is one that has been largely controlled by the federal reserve. ben bernanke was a republican appointee. this has since self removed from partisanship. somewhat removed from partisanship. tea partyat's why the is such a change in the republican. bernanke certainly would not appointee. tea party you talk about apple and google being left out of the dow jones industrial average. this comment probably applies to google more than apple. arguably in extremely new business for which there is no track record that exists beyond 20 years, which is a very very short time. things such as the nsa penetration of google and facebook could dramatically impact apple stock -- i'm sorry, google stock. inould be very interested your comment as to whether you think it will impact apple anywhere nearly as
for the obama administration is mr. ignatius. he writes this morning in the "washington post," with the more restrained approach in syria, obama has decided to limit the u.s. effort there to chemical weapons and providing for refugees who may experience massive suffering and loss of life this winter, and catalyzing a political process to replace president bashar al-assad. what obama is not prepared to do is topple assad militarily. while the united states will continue to provide covert aid to the rebels, the goal is to strengthen their negotiations and an eventual peace conference in geneva, not military victory. then he goes on to say, but let's be honest, this is basically a formula for stalemate in syria with a continued carnage and not growth there. did mr. ignatius adequately describe the obama administration's strategy? >> senator, we do not think there is a military solution to the conflict in syria. >> do you believe that if bashar al-assad has the military vantage on the ground that there is a solution? >> i don't think bashar al-assad can win militarily either. >> do you believe h
. a usual spokesperson for the obama administration is mr. ignatius. he writes this morning in the "washington post," with the more restrained approach in syria, obama has decided to limit the u.s. effort there to chemical weapons and providing for refugees who may experience massive suffering and loss of life this winter, and catalyzing a political process to replace president bashar al-assad. what obama is not prepared to do is topple assad militarily. while the united states will continue to provide covert aid to the rebels, the goal is to strengthen their negotiations and an eventual peace conference in geneva, not military victory. then he goes on to say, but let's be honest, this is basically a formula for stalemate in syria with a continued carnage and not growth there. did mr. ignatius adequately describe the obama administration's strategy? >> senator, we do not think there is a military solution to the conflict in syria. >> do you believe that if bashar al-assad has the military vantage on the ground that there is a solution? >> i don't think bashar al-assad can w
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: good morning. there is ato me that purge going on in the obama administration with our military. retiring orlly forced out 197 or 200 high- ranking officers, field hasanders, admirals, and he given -- the obama administration has given a litmus test to terry personnel as to -- to military personnel as to whether they would turn on their weapons to u.s. citizens. this is a scary thing. i read a report in three different sources. i would like to ask the congressman if he knows anything about this. would he comment on this and what is going on with this administration the echo it appears -- the administration the auto it appears -- the administration? we don't know what is going on with any of the incidents like benghazi, the fast and furious, irs. i would like representative conaway to comment on this, please. guest: i appreciate that. we are having a shrinkage in the united states military because of sequestration and cuts that this administration has done over the last five years with respect to military spending. of -- youink the size cannot maintain the same top to bottom. the
. he says president obama has yet to master the management of his administration. of information within his administration. obama, who like many presidents had no executive experience before taking office has never pretended to care much about the details of governing. he prefers the big speech to congressional arm-twisting, the big reform to incremental change and the big foreign policy ambition to cultivating head of state relationships. it means that obama has appeared to be caught unaware as controversies envelop his administration. the west wing that he runs seems more like liabilities than benefits, raising questions about how much information obama wants and how he receives it. this president doesn't seem to be as relentlessly curious about the process of government. from peter baker -- peter baker writes, those cases underscore the difficult choices in what to tell a president. aides determined that it would be inappropriate for the president to have advanced knowledge of the irs investigation. beresident should not involved in such investigations or law-enforcement cases becaus
the obama administration in a big way. it turns out not to be literally true, even if actual early it may be true. people do not read actuarial table. host: here is chuck from florida. hi. caller: good morning. i would like to bring up social security. i see our politicians are not bring it up. my question is, how do we get social security back into the trust fund? the government has borrowed almost $4 trillion out of social security. that is 1/4 of the debt. nobody brings this up. broke security has been since they took it out of the trust fund, put it into the and put it in with the general tax dollars. host: any response? guest: the social security situation we will see coming up is not the one that is related to how the dollars in social security are allocated in the trust fund. securityany social cutbacks, cost-of-living changes that comes up in any of these budget talks. i am citing senator reed from last week. senate democrats say that is not going to happen. cards in thef the -- deck options in have to deal with the budget woes. host: donald from maryland is up next. caller: i sim
, the obama administration knew for at least three years that millions of americans would not be able to keep their health coverage. the president's press secretary basically admitted yesterday that americans would lose coverage. this is the same president who said, and i'm quoting, "if you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep her health care plan, period. no one will take it away, no matter what." that is what the president said. this is one of the many reasons americans feel betrayed. one woman quoted in "the los angeles times" put it this way -- all we have been hearing for the last three years, if you like your policy, you can keep it. i'm infuriated because i was lied to. here is how one north carolinian put it to nbc news -- everybody's worried about whether the website works or not, but that's fixable. that's just the tip of the iceberg. this stuff isn't fixable. that was after he lost a $228 a month plan and was faced with the choice of taking a $1208able plan for instead of $228 a month. the best option he could find on the exchanges went for $948 a month. thisitting
what projects have been pulled. a couple has been years ago, under president obama's first administration there had been a big stimulus effort to do broadband funding, and stimulus funding for broadband support. what we have seen as a number of those projects either aren't going to get done, or a lot of folks have turned the project back because it is a partnership, and they can't be sure they can return their portion of the annulus invest -- stimulus investment. that is really a shame. one thing we found is every dollar that goes in the ground for broadband has a multiplier effect in terms of the local economy. not even necessarily so much in the rural area. the economic boost actually goes to the urban areas. >> surely that could not have been the fcc intent, to slow down broadband buildout. rules't they argue the have eliminated waste in some areas, allowing companies to more efficiently put up broadband? >> i hear where you're coming from, and i think the universal service system is actually a very complicated network. a lot of different rules, regulations, how it appli
at the presidential election -- the obama administration will be swept out of office. everyone will jump ship to the republican side to go back to before the affordable care act came through. -- this isn something that i cannot imagine anyone anticipated. . am retired when i retired, my employer sponsored plan -- my rates quintupled. what i wastimes now paying when i was working. i got married after i retired. i am not allowed to add my wife to my plan. low minimum qualification plans and she just got the cancellation notice. i went online to try to sign her up for insurance. before andnsurance it was more than $3000 per month. -- her premiums were only five dollars per week. beings be me -- that is terminated. they say she might qualify for medicaid coverage. is anyone aware of the fact that you have to forfeit your income to the government? you can all make you $3500 per month. host: let's jump in. guest: he is in a situation with retiree coverage. it sounds like your employer has increased the amount they were paying for that. it may not be unusual. many employers are required retirees to
to jihadist. the commission clearly identified i think the obama administration understands that the chemical agreement itself, as good as it is, always seeks to soft the tent, the visible part of this iceberg. they want to move syria in the direction of political transition. they want to move to something that is actually civilized. our first course is rapidly becoming somalia. the assad regime is consolidating itself in western syria. terrorists, some affiliated with al qaeda, have been planting themselves in the east. the administration is trying to jumpstart a diplomatic process. it will preempt this worst of all worlds and area. yet the obstacles are very daunting. if it develops this way, a solution would be to replace the assad regime with a governing body that would exercise full executive power in area for a. of time -- the word of time -- period of time. this would be negotiated on the basis of mutual and sent. anyone participating in the exercise of full executive power would have to be accepted by both sides. the regime, however, has made it clear in public statements that the per
the obama administration benghazi. nest about think about that for a moment. a supermajority of americans believe they have been misled by their government about what happened in benghazi. this is remarkable. the american people know how significant it is that ambassador stevens, the president's personal envoy to libya, was the first ambassador killed in the line of duty in four decades on september 11, 11 years to the day that nearly 3,000 people were killed by al aeda terrorists. the american people intuitively understand that a plot of this scale was not spontaneously inspired, as claimed by the administration's now infamous talking points. the american people also know that it's remarkable that no effort was made by washington to rescue the americans in benghazi or dispatch a hostage rescue team after the ambassador went missing that night. i think the american people also wonder just what the c.i.a. was doing in benghazi. was it involved in the collection and transfer of weapons to foreign countries, possibly to support the syrian rebels, and could some of those weapons have fallen i
by the administration to pressure g.o.p. senators to get behind president obama's choice to lead the federal housing and finance agency. the senate also blocked patrigsa millett to be a judge. the senate is back shortly, 2:00 p.m. eastern. you can follow that on c-span 2. up next we'll take you back to the commerce summits, the investment summit at the commerce department from earlier today. black rock c.e.o. said the u.s. is well positioned to attract business investment. but he criticized washington citing the recent dispute over raising the debt ceiling. and shutting down the government. also on this panel, the c.e.o.'s of wal-mart, u.s. and dow chemical. [applause] >> good morning, everyone. secretary lew, secretary pritzker, thank you so much for your very excellent remarks. and i want to thank both of them for their leadership. they have been outstanding, particularly for the subject matter that we have before us these next two days. i know that their insights, particularly as it applies to the business community, are very valuable to all of us that are joining us today. we're off to a great s
news continues to come to light about the poor workmanship that went into the obama administration's website for obamacare. it's a problem, it's a mistake and americans are dealing with it all across america. the associated press reports, and i quote this, that folks in the administration saw red flags for months. and "the washington post" said that bureaucrats insisted on plowing ahead despite this known failure that would lie ahead. so, mr. speaker, we would ask a question. why are the american people going to be required to be in a health care system other than the one they chose? and the answer is because president obama and democrats passed a law years ago that is something that the american people do not want and were misled into. premiums are skyrocketing and most -- and some insurers are kicking people off their plan that they were on entirely. mr. speaker, republicans have a plan for the future, and it allows people to have their own doctor, their own insurance company and to make their own decisions. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has
house, no one in the obama administration has asked you not to release those numbers? >> we have made a group decision we were not releasing the numbers till mid november. >> you have no idea what those numbers are at this point? >> told you we would release the numbers in mid november. >> i'll take that as you don't want to answer the question. did you ever argue to secretary sebelius or anyone at the white house or anyone else that the exchanges would not be ready october 1st and that a delay in launching them would be warranted? >> i did not ever argue that we should delay the exchanges. what i did present to secretary in september is there were certain functions we should delay beyond october 1. i think those have been very much in the press that had to do with the automation of shop. it had to do the spanish language website. had to do with medicaid-mal transfers. >> before my time expires, i want to yield quickly. >> the law is if you are under the age of 26 and you are eligible to stay on your parents' plans, you cannot receive subsidies. >> you're right. >> there is nothing, n
, earned income credit and direct student loan program. between the clinton and obama administrations he worked at the brookings institution, center for american progress and the council on foreign relations working on a range of economics and education issues. he is the co-author of a book on girls education and pro growth progressive and economic strategy for shared prosperity. he graduated from the university of minnesota and yale law school. he is a native of ann arbor, michigan, and will rejoin his family in california at the end of the year. when he finishes the remarks we will move over hear for q&a. thank you very much. gene. >> well, thank you very much for having us here today. i want to thank jim doyle very much, not just for today but for all of the leadership of business forward, all the consultations, even the recent meeting with your small business advisory committee as we went into this recent round of budget discussion discussions. again, i really want to thank you and business forward for the leadership that you have shown and the desire to look beyond your own particul
or public in on the senate foreign relations committee said today that he is embarrassed by the obama administration's policy on syria and a lack of support to the syrian opposition. bob corker was addressing the ambassador to syria at this hearing. it includes an update on efforts to transfer syria's chemical weapons to international control. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> this hearing of the senate foreign relations on syria will come to order. we have two panels today. first panel is robert ford, ambassador to syria, the assistant administrator for the bureau of democracy atu assistant for international security and nonproliferation. our second panel we will have alabaster -- an ambassador for the center of the atlantic council. we welcome you all. i look forward in this hearing to hear your respective on the realities we face in syria, the state of play, the progress we have made, and where we go from here strategically, especially given the catastrophic human a tearing crisis that is spreading a
and intergovernmental affairs and chairs the white house council on women and girls. prior to joining the obama administration, she was the chief executive officer of the habitat company. valerie has held positions in both the public and private sectors and hails from chicago before coming to washington, d.c. ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to valerie jarrett. [applause] >> well, good morning, everybody. you look fantastic out there. we are also delighted to be here. i would like to begin by congratulating secretary pritzker who has hit the ground running since her appointment. she has not only traveled around the world, but she gave a party and everyone showed up. i also want to give credit to former secretary gary locke who was the brainchild for this a few years ago. please stand up so we can welcome you. [applause] you will be hearing from president obama later today, but that me say a few words about why this summit and why select usa are so important. for the president, encouraging investment in the united states is a core part of his strategy to build and grow our econom
that keeps coming back to bite the obama administration in a big way. it's turned out not to be literally true, even if actual early it may be true. people do not read actuarial tables. host: here is chuck from florida. hi. caller: good morning. i would like to bring up social security. i see all the politicians are bringing it up. my question is, how do we get social security back into the trust fund? the government has borrowed almost $4 trillion out of social security. that is 1/4 of the debt. nobody brings this up. social security has been broke since they took it out of the trust fund, put it into the general fund, and mingle it in with the general tax dollars. host: any response? guest: the social security situation we will see coming up is not the one that is related to how the dollars in social security are allocated in the trust fund. if there will be any social security cutbacks, cost-of- living changes that come up in any of these budget talks, i am citing senator reid from last week. senate democrats say that is not going to happen. that is one of the cards in the deck of opti
. and given that the obama administration and i suppose if they already wanted to do what is the subject of the gentleman's motion, and he has a right to introduce legislation. but again, mr. speaker, it is irrelevant. there are lots of things that the retail investor protection act does not prohibit. it does not prohibit the secretary of state from holding somebody accountable for the tragedy in benghazi when there were 29 failures and four dead. there is nothing in the underlying bill that prohibits the secretary of treasury from holding somebody accountable at the internal revenue service for targeting americans for exercising their first amendment rights. there's nothing in the bill that prohibits the secretary of h.h.s. for holding somebody accountable for the owe baum -- obamacare web site. half a billion still crashed. nothing that prohibits the secretary of housing and urban development for holding someone responsible at the federal housing administration from receiving their first ever taxpayer bailout being in violation of the law for five straight years for failing to adhere t
this administration , barack obama, the deficit has ctually been reduced by half during his five-year -- five years in office. in fact, i think as a percentage of g.d.p., the deficit has been reduced to a degree that has not been seen since the drawdown in the aftermath of world war ii. so we hear a lot about fiscal irresponsibility directed at the white house, notwithstanding the fact that this white house has presided over a near-historic level of deficit reduction. invest in the economy. second thing that's important is that we should get rid of some wasteful corporate loopholes that have outlived their usefulness. if we just close or change the -- or modified some of the benefits that oil and gas companies have received, they're making record profits, there's no reason for the loopholes and the benefits and the subsidies that exist right now. if we just were to address them, we could save the american people $25 billion over the next 10 years. if we were to change some of the loopholes that actually incentivize companies to move jobs overseas, we could save the american people $168 billion over
of pictures this afternoon from fbi headquarters where president obama will deliver remarks at the installation ceremony for james call me, sworn in as fbi director last month, replacing robert moeller. a former deputy attorney general during the george w. bush administration. live coverage when it gets underway here on c-span. while we wait for that to get underway, a discussion from this morning's "washington journal." >> joining us to continue on a discussion about the health care law. joining us for the discussion, senior health correspondent. welcome. >> what is the latest? but unfortunately the sub contractors that runs the data hub had an outage last night. it was still down this morning. i checked before i arrived. yet another woe in the long saga that has dogged the website. there was a congressional hearing last night. they recommended more testing earlier. talked about how federal officials decided to turn off of browsing function that required a double make accounts. that created a backlog. a lot of attention and focus on the website. www.c-span.orghost: you get
tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. in 2009 president obama made a promise his administration had no intention of keeping. if you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. if you like your health plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period. no one will take it away, no matter what, end quote. today's "washington post" bestows upon this moment of rhetorical splendor and others like it four by folk owes for the -- four pi folk yows -- pinocchios. it turns out the affordable care act is cutting health insurance plans. apparently the president's promise came with a large caveat. if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan if we deem it to be adequate. for millions, washington has deemed their personal health care plans deficient and come january, they won't have access to the plans they had before. americans deserve better. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from arizona seek recognition? the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr.
, administrations. here's a few minutes on that discussion focusing on the 2009 bush-obama transition. 2009,the beginning of there was a missed opportunity. the fiscal stimulus was needed. i just wonder if a different kind of stimulus, with some of the changes larry headed at, dropping the high-speed rail and energy, might have gotten bipartisan support. today people say republicans will oppose anything obama suggests, that back in the beginning of 2009, many people were really hoping that this guy was bringing us together, and it did not happen. there will be false on both sides, but that is the question, could a different set of choices brought the country together in a way that did not happen? >> i have been critical of some of the more classically the credit parts of the recovery program. but i was there. saidenate minority leader that the basic purpose of his minority leadership was to make sure that the president was not reelected. i think it is not easy to make the case that people in the it ministration were prepared to walk a long mile to get , so i thinksupport it would have been much
this philosophy during your testimony today, ma'am. obama care was signed into law 1,256 days ago. and since then, there's been user problem after user problem after user problem. regarding healthcare.gov, your dputty administrator for consumer information, gary cohen, testified one month ago, where we are sitting, that cms has worked hard to test the infrastructure that will allow americans to enroll in coverage confidently and simply and securely, end quote. and yet according to forbes, and the wall street journal, you told them that you need five years of construction and one year of testing. the program crashed and burned at least three times and the user is still having problems. it's been down the whole time you've been testifying. the system is down at this moment. my question, ma'am is very simple. when did you know these changes were going down? a month, a day, a quarter? and did you tell the president what you knew? >> sir, i was informed that we were ready to launch on october 1st and the contractors who we had as our private partners told us and told this committee that they had never
that if the on line system for getting into obama care is rickety, the system for getting out of the mandate doesn't even exist yet. hhs says it will take another month at least for the administration to finalize the forms for the hardship exemption from the individual mandate. why has it taken 3 1/2 years to finalize a simple application form for an exemption from the individual mandate? >> sir, as you know, the individual mandate is not in place until next year. we have made it very clear that if somebody is medicaid eligible in a state that doesn't choose -- >> my last question and my last second. 16 million people in the individual market have or will receive cancellation notices stating their health insurance coverage does not meet minimum coverage requirements of the affordable care act. it grants you the power to determine the criteria for hardship exemption. will you provide all of these individuals a hardship exemption since the affordable care act is taking away their plan? will do you that? >> no, sir. and i think those numbers are far from accurate. 95% of americans who have health ins
was and who accumulated the massive debts by their particular administration. i think it would answer a lot of questions. $5se people are talking trillion with obama is ridiculous. i wish you would do that, thank you. host: thank you for the call. he brought up health care select listen to kathleen sibelius testifying on capitol hill earlier this week. [video clip] >> in these early weeks, access been athcare.gov has miserably frustrating express for many americans including many who avoided years, in some cases their entire lives, for the security of health insurance. i am as frustrated and angry as anyone with the flawed launch of healthcare.gov. to thesey directly americans-you deserve better. i apologize. i am accountable to you for fixing these problems and i am committed to earning your confidence back by fixing the site. we are working day and night and will continue until it's fixed. host: let's take more of your calls, steve in scottsdale, arizona, republican line. caller: hi, thanks for taking my call. i wanted to say something about the health care rollout. maybe what they shou
that president obama has been briefed on the were ported shooting there. the white house of the los angeles police department is leading the response and investigation into the shooting, and administration officials are in touch with federal and local partners. the "l.a. times" says in a tweet that the gunman is in custody. the incident began at 9:30 a.m. pacific. witnesses described the gunman and terminal three. use a white -- he used a rifle. there are multiple victims. that tweet from cbs. we will have a briefing in just a moment when they get underway here at the white house briefing room. in the meantime, prime minister maliki meeting with president obama this afternoon. the prime minister spoke yesterday at the u.s. institute of peace. we will show you as much as we can from his comments until the briefing gets underway. >> the name of god, the most compassionate and merciful. in the beginning, i want to express my gratitude and the esteem to former congressman mr. jim marshall for his welcoming speech. i also want to express my thank the gratitude to the ambassador for warm words. a
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